Jurgen Klopp admitted he was surprised over the lack of interest in Liverpool striker Divock Origic in summer, saying, “Of course people do not look football enough!”
Belgium forward Origin started for the first time since January and brilliant set up Mohamed Salah’s equalizer in Liverpool 3-2 win over AC Milan in Champions League Group B opener.
Klopp got a lot of praise on 26-year-old, who only started six times for Liverpool last season, and said the club were tied up for a “good offer” for original in the summer.
Klopp told BT Sport: “[Divock] played a nice one game. People forget how good he is, it’s hard to get into this team.
“In the summer transfer window, we all thought there would be a good offer.” for him, but clearly people do not look football enough.
“He is a sensational striker and he did very well today.”
Klopp added in to be post-match press conference: “He is a great guy. He will be seen as a legend when he leaves. He could have left in the summer only football is a madman place and people forget how good He is. We have to determine the positions. He did nothing wrong.
“It’s hard to get in this team sometimes but i’m really happy for him tonight.”
Liverpool came out behind in a classic opening game at Anfield to beat the Italian side, and with Atletico Madrid draw 0-0 with postage in the other group B game, Klopps side to be on the front foot in a tricky one group.
“Come on on, that’s our pick from pot four! come on, that’s AC Milan, in a real good moment. It is difficult group and remains a tough one group, that’s why it’s so important to win this game. It decided nothing, but gave us at least an OK start.
“Spectacular, a European night at Anfield, I love it.
“We started incredibly well, played a super-intense game but football-wise really good.
“We didn’t do that” give them everything until we have punished in the last a few minutes earlier half-time. We got a bit carried away by our own football, we have not kept the offensive simple nor have we organized defensively more.
“It wasn’t fun, but it didn’t feel” like we couldn’t come back in the second half. We had to switch immediately to get back until how we started and then we scored beautiful goals. Both were incredible and? won the game and I think it was deserved.”
Liverpool’s remaining Champions League fixtures
September 28: Porto (A) – kick-off 8 pm
October 19: Atletico Madrid (A) – kick-off 8 pm
November 3: Atletico Madrid (H) – kickoff 8 pm
November 24: Porto (H) – kick-off 8 pm
December 7: AC Milan (A) – kick-off 8 pm
Liverpool host Crystal Palace in the premier league on Saturday at 3 p.m., while Milan is at Juventus on Sunday evening at 7:45 pm in Serie A. Milan next Champions League group game is with home to Atletico Madrid on September 28 at 8 p.m.
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